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Problems with police, prosecutors and courts have people asking: is our criminal justice system broken?
University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris interviews the people who know the system best, and hears their best ideas for fixing it.
Criminal (In)justice is an independent production created in partnership with 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station.
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#72: When Legal Ethics Hides Justice
3 days ago
An important rule of legal ethics is the obligation to keep client information confidential. Lawyers say that rule is fundamental to the attorney client relationship, so clients can speak freely. But what happens when following that rule keep someone else – an innocent person -- in prison? That’s what happened to Alton Logan, who sat in prison in Illinois for 26 years, even though two lawyer who represented the guilty man knew the truth all along. Our guest Berl Falbaum teamed up with Alton Logan to write a new book, Justice Failed: How ‘Legal Ethics’ Kept Me in Prison for 26 Years, that tells this incredible story. The book’s ideas about how to solve this problem will prove provocative.